The Myth Has Been Disproved
Yale researchers have confirmed that hydraulic fracturing – also known as “fracking” – does not contaminate drinking water.
The process of extracting natural gas from deep underground wells using water has been given a bad reputation when it comes to the impact it has on water resources but Yale researchers recently disproved this myth in a new study that confirms a previous report by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) conducted earlier this year.
After analyzing 64 samples of groundwater collected from private residences in northeastern Pennsylvania, researchers determined that groundwater contamination was more closely related to surface toxins seeping down into the water than from fracking operations seeping upwards. Their findings were recently published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Science.
Researchers from Duke University also recently gave people a reason to trust fracking companies. In a study published in Environmental Science & Technology Letters, scientists explained that hydraulic fracturing accounts for less than one percent of water used nationwide for industrial purposes. This suggested that the natural gas extraction processes are far less water-intensive than we previously thought.
It’s hoped that these studies will help people better understand the safety of fracking.
In conclusion, underground drinking water contamination myth has been disproved by the Yale researchers which confirmed a previous report by the Environmental Protection Agency.